Inuit Domestic Fishery

The Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement states that all Beneficiaries have the right to harvest at all times of the year throughout the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area. All Beneficiaries are allowed to harvest any species or stock of fish or aquatic plant, excluding the salmon species.
No person may sell fish or aquatic plants harvested. However, Beneficiaries have the right to give their harvest to other aboriginal individuals and/or trade, exchange or barter amongst themselves. As well, Labrador Inuit Beneficiaries have the right to transport their harvest outside the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area to other Inuit or aboriginal individuals, on the condition that the fish or aquatic plant transported is identified as having been harvested in the Inuit Domestic Fishery.

Salmon Fishery

The salmon season varies every year, although it usually ranges from the beginning of July to the end of August, lasting for two months.

Conservation Officers

For more information about the Inuit Domestic Fishery, please contact your local Conservation Officer:

Nain
Simon Kohlmeister
Conservation Officer
(709) 922-2942 ext. 237
simon_kohlmeister@nunatsiavut.com

Hopedale
Ian Winters
Conservation Officer
(709) 933-3777 ext. 228
ian_winters@nunatsiavut.com

Postville
George Gear
Conservation Officer
(709) 479-9763
george_gear@nunatsiavut.com

Makkovik
Errol Andersen
Lead Conservation Officer
(709) 923-2365 ext. 226
errol_andersen@nunatsiavut.com

Rigolet
David Wolfrey
Conservation Officer
(709) 947-3542
david_wolfrey@nunatsiavut.com

Upper Lake Melville
Joseph Townley
Conservation Officer
(709) 896-8582
joseph_townley@nunatsiavut.com

North West River
Dean McLean
Conservation Officer
(709) 497-8725
dean_mclean@nunatsiavut.com

Commercial Fishery

The Nunatsiavut Government is a quota-holder for a limited quantity of various commercial fish species. They have the responsibility of three enterprises, which include but are not limited to: snow crab, turbot, and shrimp.

The Nunatsiavut Government designates an individual to fish their quota for them during the commercial fishing season, which also varies every year.

How to Become a Designate

To be considered for access to the Nunatsiavut Government commercial fishing allocations, quotas and licenses, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a Beneficiary of the Labrador Inuit Land Claim Agreement;
  • Holds or has established a plan with the Director of Renewable Resources to pursue a Professional Fish Harvester Level II Certification;
  • Has participated full-time in the commercial fishery for no less than three (3) years and holds a Northern Labrador Core status.

Previous Designate Selection

All individuals who have commercially harvested in the past for the Nunatsiavut Government will be classed as the following:

  • First priority, if they own a suitable registered operational vessel equipped to take part in the desired fishery;
  • Second priority, if they have a lease to buy arrangement with a suitable registered operational vessel;
  • Third priority, if they own a suitable registered operational vessel that will participate in another Nunatsiavut Government fishery, but is not equipped to take part in the desired fishery;
  • Fourth priority, if they have a lease to buy arrangement with a suitable registered operational vessel that will participate in another Nunatsiavut Government fishery, but is not equipped to take part in the desired fishery;
  • Fifth priority, if they have a lease arrangement with a Designate who owns a suitable registered operational vessel equipped to take part in the desired fishery;
  • Sixth priority, if they have a lease arrangement with a Designate who has a lease to buy arrangement with a suitable registered operational vessel equipped to take part in the desired fishery;
  • Seventh priority, if they have a lease arrangement with a Beneficiary who owns a suitable registered operational vessel equipped to take part in the desired fishery;
  • Eighth priority, if they have a co-op arrangement with a suitable registered operational vessel equipped to take part in the desired fishery;
  • Ninth priority, if they have a lease arrangement with a suitable registered operational vessel equipped to take part in the desired fishery.

For more information for applying as a designate or any questions, please contact the Director of Renewable Resources:

Todd Broomfield
Director of Renewable Resources
Department of Lands and Natural Resources
Tel: (709) 923-2004
Fax: (709) 923-2366
todd.broomfield@nunatsiavut.com